Reading slumps are the worst!
Sadly, I tend to go on reading slumps frequently. I think it’s because I get really invested in all the books I read. So whenever I finish reading an amazing book, starting another is super hard for me.
We all go through reading slumps, and we all have different ways of getting over them. Here are some of the methods I use and that usually help me get over them.
Re-Read Your Favorite Book
I’ve grown used to re-reading books while I’m going through a reading slump. My favorite book of all time is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I just identify so much with the main character that it has become my go-to book for any situation. When I need comfort, when I’m bored, when I’m feeling anxious…that’s the book I go to.
I’ve also re-read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I don’t necessarily finish them, but reading some chapters helps me get my reading mood back.
Try a New Genre
Sometimes, reading something different from what I’m used to really helps me. I have the tendency of reading a lot of fantasy novels one after the other and usually that leads me to a reading slump. If this happens, I decide to pick up a romance novel or even some nonfiction to help me keep going!
It doesn’t always work. Sometimes I’m not even in the mood for reading something different, but it does help from time to time.
Listen to Audiobooks
Listening to audiobooks is something I started doing recently. I used to hate them! I would not get used to them, would usually lose track of what was going on. But I’ve grown used to them! I started by listening to podcasts while washing the dishes and eventually I was comfortable enough to give audiobooks a try again. Now I listen to audiobooks while working and it has helped me a lot to get over my reading slumps.
And maybe you don’t have to listen to audiobooks! Just change your usual format. Try e-books, or reading graphic novels online…everything is allowed! I’m sure you’ll find them useful as well, even if it gets a bit hard at first to get used to the new format.
Join a Bookclub
Reading with other people can help you get over your reading slump. There’s something about having others going through the story at the same time as I am and feeling the slight pressure of reading a book because I wanna talk about it, all of that has helped me before.
And maybe you don’t have to join a bookclub! Maybe you can just ask a friend to read a book with you. Something much smaller can also help you.
Just Accept the Reading Slump
Reading Slump are completely normal! Sometimes we just need some rest from our usual activities, and that is completely fine.
I always feel guilty when I don’t read something for over a week because of a reading slump, but I’m learning to just accept them and ride them out. Reading is not a competition and it shouldn’t feel like one. I know it is easier said than done, but just let the reading slump pass and you’ll find the next great read soon enough.
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